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Only upside down if it’s on a flagpole

Daily Echo: The Union flag

4:20pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

 RE: CM Christianson’s Union Jack letter.

Adult bus pass unfair

Daily Echo: A Velvet bus

6:57pm Friday 17th October 2014

YES, the adult bus pass IS unfair for 16/17-yearolds at college. Our teenager gets a pass there but has to pay full fare into Southampton.

The school run

Daily Echo: Keith Morrell

6:35pm Friday 17th October 2014

A READER suggests in a letter (Daily Echo, October 13) that the horrific parking problem around the Fairisle schools can be resolved with residents’ parking permits and “a few signs”. If only it were that simple!

Is flooding just a coincidence?

Daily Echo:

5:21pm Thursday 16th October 2014

RE the recent flooding at Bridge Road, Woolston, is it a coincidence that there has been some work on and under the bridge lately which may have contributed to the flooding as I can’t remember it being flooded like that in the past?

Save our walk-in centre

Daily Echo:

5:19pm Thursday 16th October 2014

The NHS walkin centre in Bitterne, Southampton, is under threat.

Up for a game?

Daily Echo:

5:16pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A NEW game hits the streets, challenging and frustrating for some and surely entertaining for the makers, Southampton Council.

MPs should giver everyone else the power to decide their own pay

Daily Echo:

5:15pm Thursday 16th October 2014

IF the MPs were to grant the nurses, midwifes and other medical staff the same privilege that they enjoy themselves ie, the power to grant their own pay rises, as the MPs did when granting themselves their recent 11 per cent pay rise, wouldn’t this stop all these strikes etc?

NHS medical staff are greedy for wanting more money

Daily Echo:

5:09pm Thursday 16th October 2014

RE the NHS strike – here we go again. Another load of middle paid workers on strike for more money saying that they cannot afford fuel, food, bills etc.

Christmas carols already?

Daily Echo: Christmas Wonderland Market

1:30pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

I WAS surprised to hear probably the first carol of the year being sung on radio earlier this month and it’s not even December yet!

Arrogant health assurance

Daily Echo: Fluoride 'safe and effective' insist health chiefs

1:27pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

I AM very sceptical of the advice given by Public Health England, that it has “listened very carefully to all concerns expressed regarding transferring patients’ personal health records to a giant computer database and will put in place safeguards to protect their records.”

Diabetes sufferers should have flu jab

Daily Echo: The funds were raised for Diabetes UK.

1:12pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

DIABETES UK is recommending everyone with diabetes takes up the offer of a free flu jab from their GP as soon as possible.

Listen to people with disabilities

Daily Echo: Rowenna Davis

12:11pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

THIS newspaper recently promoted a listening event for carers and people with disabilities in Southampton.

Defections are kick in teeth for hard-working activists

Daily Echo: Brian Dash

11:50am Tuesday 14th October 2014

THE defections of MPs Carswell and Reckless are not unique and both are within their rights to change party allegiance.

Please buy a poppy and wear it with pride

Daily Echo: Town Hall, Darlington  -  Pic to go with story about this year's poppy appeal. (10155165)

11:44am Tuesday 14th October 2014

ON November 11 we will remember the contribution and sacrifices made by those who, during times of war, gave their life for peace and freedom.

Kitchen response disgraceful

Daily Echo: Councillor Warwick Payne.

11:41am Tuesday 14th October 2014

I AM absolutely appalled by Warwick Payne’s response to kitchen nightmare.

Morning trains to Waterloo should have more coaches

Daily Echo: More than a hundred passengers stranded on train

11:39am Tuesday 14th October 2014

FROM time to time I travel to London by South West Trains from Southampton at 11.00 or Southampton Airport Parkway at 11.08.

Pine would have been fine in days before ‘elf ’n’ safety’

Daily Echo: Patrick Kellett was training to be a tree surgeon

11:36am Tuesday 14th October 2014

WHILST these days we accept them, I do believe that before the dreaded “elf ’n safety” got involved in just about every aspect of our lives the felled landmark Monterey pine in Park Gate would have received a different approach.

Dog owners ignoring signs near school

Daily Echo:

11:29am Tuesday 14th October 2014

WITH regards to the letter from Doug Perry about Riverside Park, I tend to disagree with what he is saying.

Consultations pointless if views are ignored

Daily Echo:

11:20am Tuesday 14th October 2014

THE major political parties play lip service to the concept of localism but none has any intention of implementing real local democracy.

Teachers needed

Daily Echo: Make developers build schools too

11:11am Tuesday 14th October 2014

WANTED: volunteer teachers and helpers for a wonderfully fulfilling job teaching English to refugees and asylum seekers from many parts of the world.

Gateway building should be praised

Daily Echo:

11:07am Tuesday 14th October 2014

I’D like to take issue with Councillor Bob Paignton over his remarks on Swaythling’s new complex, City Gateway, condemning it less than a few weeks after completion.

No chocolate for me thanks WH Smith

Daily Echo: What do you think is the best chocolate bar out there?

6:07pm Monday 13th October 2014

 MY home town of Romsey in Hamshire has a branch of WH Smith. Not an uncommon site in many towns and high streets throughout the UK, in fact a shop that is a household name. In a small market town, such as Romsey, WH Smith is the only place available for the purchase of office stationery and a bonus for local business.

Warmth and happiness with the Salvation Army

Daily Echo: Life pressures blamed for a spiralling need of food handouts

6:06pm Monday 13th October 2014

 IN the earlier part of this month I was invited to the local Salvation Army meeting.

House-building out of control in former village

Daily Echo: Clavis Holdings Ltd want to build 35 new homes in Goodrich.

6:05pm Monday 13th October 2014

NOTICES have been placed today in our cul-de-sac and surrounding roads here in Hedge End indicating that building is to commence in the near future in the large field adjacent to our residences.

Why are roads in such poor state?

Daily Echo: £286k to spend on potholes

6:05pm Monday 13th October 2014

HAS anyone noticed how all our road signs are covered up with trees, and all the white road markings are worn away?

Parking permits offer school solution

Daily Echo:

6:04pm Monday 13th October 2014

RE. BLOCKADE front page article (Daily Echo, September 30).

Children’s services claims ‘inaccurate’

Daily Echo: Royston Smith

6:02pm Monday 13th October 2014

RETIRED social worker, Mary Sissons, writing in the Daily Echo (letters 6 October) said I should acknowledge the facts surrounding Southampton City Council’s Children’s Services Ofsted inspection.

Sitting comfortably

Daily Echo: Southampton General Hospital, 2014

6:01pm Monday 13th October 2014

MY husband is receiving treatment at Southampton General Hospital, and I would like to say a very big “thank you” to all the staff on C3 for raising £15,000 for 30 new chairs for the patients’ waiting area.

Fluoridation won’t stop dental decay

Daily Echo: CONTROVERSY: Health bosses want to put fluoride in tap water.

6:00pm Monday 13th October 2014

WITH regard to the ongoing fluoridation scandal (Daily Echo, October 1), it is clear that one of the most difficult things is to convince those with the power to impose this scheme of the elementary fact that the purpose of a water supply is to supply water.

I’m not calling for owning cars to be banned

Daily Echo:

1:52pm Saturday 11th October 2014

IT was suggested in the Echo last week that I was “calling on the Government to ban the private ownership” of cars. Of course I am doing no such thing.

A big thank you to all who helped with Music in the City event

Daily Echo: Music City073A.JPG

1:51pm Saturday 11th October 2014

TO quote the Echo headline – wow!

It’s our right to check council accounts

Daily Echo:

1:49pm Saturday 11th October 2014

EVERY year councils must open their accounting records for the previous financial year for members of the public to inspect.

Parents should walk to school with children

Daily Echo:

1:48pm Saturday 11th October 2014

WITH reference to recent articles on parking of parents’ cars at Fairisle School, this is not an isolated problem, it happens at schools of all ages, all over Southampton/Hampshire, and most of them sort it out themselves, without any moans and groans.

Sorry UKIP, but your numbers just don’t add up

Daily Echo:

1:46pm Saturday 11th October 2014

WHEN a UKIP supporter quotes figures, I always look for my salt cellar and take a large pinch.

Get microchips checked

Daily Echo: Junior Gun Dog Handler 4 year old Ellie Close who was the youngest person  to qualify for the "Great Wall" World Series Gun Dog Handler championship. (10889987)

6:25pm Friday 10th October 2014

AFTER reading about pets being microchipped on your pets for rehoming page it reminded me of an incident with my daughter’s cat.

Puzzled by NPA’s cycling explanation

Daily Echo: Police launch inquiries after sabotage at cycling event

6:24pm Friday 10th October 2014

AS a visitor to the New Forest and a user of the London “Boris Bike” hire scheme, I was puzzled by the explanation offered by the National Park Authority for abandoning the cycle hire scheme for which they had applied, and been awarded, a “Cycle Ambition” grant out of National funds.

Tram project’s on track, but not for city

Daily Echo:

11:22am Wednesday 8th October 2014

IN answer to the letter from Tony Maggs in last Tuesday’s Echo about the tram restoration project, I can assure him that it is alive and well.

Online prescription service is a massive help for me

Daily Echo:

5:02pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

HAVING read Richard Evans’ letter, I can only assume that Mr Evans is not computer literate.

Forest residents aren’t anti-cyclists, we just want area to be safe

Daily Echo: Wiggle cyclists in the New Forest at the weekend.

11:49am Wednesday 8th October 2014

THERE have been many articles referring to the New Forest and people who ride bicycles.

UKIP policies want skilled workers and income tax cap

Daily Echo: Pearline Hingston

11:46am Wednesday 8th October 2014

D Furnell (Letters, October 2), appears to be confused about what he perceives as UKIP’s policies.

No surprise that people have lost faith in their politicians...

Daily Echo: Protesters have their say about the plans to build homes at Boorley Green near Botley

11:44am Wednesday 8th October 2014

I REFER to Lib Dem Martin Kyrle’s letter published Monday, September 29 and make the following comments.

Give back transport

Daily Echo: Bus driver stabbed as he fights off attacker

11:43am Wednesday 8th October 2014

THE Socialist Party agrees with Rowenna Davis, buses in public hands, not privatised.

‘Saxland’ must not be forgotten in the new law changes

Daily Echo: Prime Minister David Cameron

11:42am Wednesday 8th October 2014

IN THE wake of the Scottish referendum result, Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged a new and fair settlement for all parts of the UK.

Gateway scheme is city’s folly

Daily Echo:

6:23pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

SO the City Gateway development in Swaythling has delayed its opening for a year.

We need more good NHS dentists, not fluoride

Daily Echo:

4:22pm Monday 6th October 2014

SOME years ago the authorities claimed that Southampton children had tooth decay, but on October 29, 2009, the Daily Echo headline reported that Southampton children had now been shown to have good teeth.

The care costs of those with dementia

Daily Echo: More help demanded for dementia patients in Yorkshire

4:21pm Friday 3rd October 2014

I WHOLLY endorse your readers’ letters of September 11 and 16 regarding the cost people who are suffering from dementia have to pay out of their own pockets through no fault of their own. Both my parents are suffering from dementia which is a chronic medical condition and is due to the breakdown of brain functions.

EU blamed for everything

Daily Echo: Flag of the European Union.

4:20pm Friday 3rd October 2014

L A O’Bee is absolutely priceless! Now he claims traffic congestion is the result of our membership of the EU (Letters, September 30)!

‘Disgusted’ at NHS decision

Daily Echo:

4:14pm Friday 3rd October 2014

I AM writing regarding the NHS’s decision to pay for brain tumour patient Ashya King’s Proton therapy.

What would fluoride do?

Daily Echo: Fluoride gets green light after final challenge is thrown out

4:12pm Friday 3rd October 2014

WOULD fluoride in the water have helped to prevent or to reduce the shocking level of disease and decay in the children's teeth?

Simply brushing would save children’s teeth

Daily Echo:

4:11pm Friday 3rd October 2014

THE recent headlines that 12 per cent of three-year-olds across England have decaying teeth has already brought calls for fluoridation to be extended further.



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